My New Neighbors

Julianna French

Thursday morning I came home and saw that our new neighbors have a large sign, strung up between two trees, showing their support for the President-elect. Normally, this wouldn’t bother me, everyone is entitled to an opinion, but then I noticed the light blue swastika. Maybe they put it there, maybe some kids thought they were being funny — either way, it prompted me to tweet, “Bet Harry feels as uncomfortable/unsafe knowing anyone he meets might be a death eater as I do knowing anyone might be a white supremacist”.

In the past fifty years, we’ve developed into more of a united country. However, since the start of the election campaign, hate crimes have been on the rise, with post-election seeing another spike in discrimination. I don’t believe that everyone who voted for the President-elect harbors racist views, but I do believe that a large number have the confidence to publicly express them.

That is why it warms my heart to know that there has also been a rise in the number of people standing up for those who are discriminated against. Now is the time to get to know one another instead of judging others by their looks or who they may support politically. We’re all people and we’re all stuck on the same planet, so we might as well play nice. Maybe over Christmas break I’ll bring the new neighbors some extra cookies and a welcome-to-the-neighborhood smile.